Monday, January 20, 2014

Rainbow Gradient Nails

Today, I have a recent popular nail trend, rainbow gradient!
What makes this trend unique is the vertical gradient and multitude of colors. I need to do more vertical gradients!

For this look, I started with a white polish as my base. I then used the sponge technique mentioned in my last post, but sponged on vertically instead. I topped it off with China Glaze Fairy Dust for a little extra sparkle. Try to stick with colors of the same shade (i.e. all neon, pastels, brights, etc.), so the rainbow looks consistent. This nail art literally popped and got lots of attention. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Chevron Gradient Nail Art

Happy New Year everyone! Hope your year is great so far!
Today I have for you some easy nail art combining gradient, chevron, and studs!

The above was simple enough, but a little time consuming waiting for each coat to dry.
Here's how you can accomplish this look:
  1. Start with your base polish on all fingers. Usually a lighter color is best for gradients. I used China Glaze Refresh mint.
  2. Once dry, do the gradient on selected fingers. Pick polishes a few shades darker, but still in the same color family. I like to use a makeup sponge for my gradients.  I paint each color in a horizontal stripe on a piece of foil. Then I take my sponge, dip it in the polish and sponge it on my nail. You will have to do this 3-4 times in order to get the right coverage. Apply top coat once done.
  3. While waiting on the top coat to dry, go ahead and apply your glitter or studs. I used both! The glitter on my pinkie is Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me.
  4. Once your gradient is dry, take two pieces of striping tape to form a V shape with the top pointing toward your cuticle.
  5. Paint the outer edges white.
  6. Finish with top coat!